The heat across the heart of the Nation will build dramatically over the next few days. Over 100 million people will be impacted by heat advisories and warnings throughout the work week.
Temperatures from Louisiana to North Dakota will spike 5 to 15° above average, but it’s not just the heat itself, dew-points will be in the 70s & 80s. Hot & humid will be an understatement with heat indices will be as high as 110°!
In many cities this will be considered a Heat Wave. A heat wave is defined as 2 or more consecutive days with temperatures and humidity abnormally high. This may vary from city to city but many areas will be pushing heat wave criteria by the end of the week.
Heat is the leading cause of weather related deaths over the last 30 years and it is important to be informed when conditions become this extreme. It is important to stay hydrated, check on pets and loved ones (especially children and elderly), wear light loose fitting clothing and avoid peak sunlight hours. Cars heat up extremely fast and can be very dangerous as well.
The National Weather Service stated: “This is expected to be the hottest atmosphere for this time of year compared to 1985-2012! As a result, this may be one of the worst heat waves in the last few decades.”